"We're just parents trying to save the world they live in."
This is one of the hardest things we have had to learn, and make no mistake, there will be a lot to learn...
The simplest, easiest, and most affordable thing we have done is replace our light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. Energy savings were very impressive, immediate, and will pay for themselves in about 2-3 months.
We have a programmable thermostat controlling our furnace and Air Conditioner (when we run it) These are also very valuable and relatively inexpensive.
Phase 1 of recycling...Aluminum.
Taking our Iowa deposit pop cans back to Iowa for 5 cents. Wal-Mart has a machine that counts and crushes them, gives you a receipt for cash. It's pretty easy for us because it seems like we can't go to Sioux City and not go to Wal-Mart.
Phase 2 is also underway...curbside recycling.
Check with your local trash company. Ours will recycle glass, most plastics, newspaper, and steel. What they don't take, our local transfer station should.
I'm a woodworker by hobby, so my intention is to plant 2 trees (domestic trees I use in my hobby) every year to help offset the lumber that I take from the Earth.
I have high hopes for this page, and while it looks like we aren't doing enough, which we aren't, I do consider it a start.
"I fear regret more than failure."
This isn't the kind of thing that either myself of my wife were brought up doing, but we want to instill this behavior into our kids.
This generation of parents must set the example for our children...